Afghan border to be opened thrice a week


TORKHAM/CHAMAN: Pakistan on Wednesday decided to facilitate cargo trucks and containers to cross into Afghanistan through Torkham and Chaman border crossing points thrice a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) from April 10 onwards.

The decision was taken in response to Afghanistan government’s special request, and based on humanitarian considerations, a Foreign Office statement issued here said.

According to the statement, this step is being taken following consultations and coordination between both sides as per agreed upon protocols. “As a neighbour and in view of fraternal relations, Pakistan remains in abiding solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, particularly at this time of global pandemic,” the statement concluded.

Separately, the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday announced to extend all types of visa for foreign nationals staying in Pakistan till April 30 to facilitate them in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. “The competent authority has been pleased to approve that validity of all types of visas issued to foreign nationals who are currently in Pakistan, that have expired since March 15, 2020 and are due to expire by April, 30 shall be deemed to be valid till April 30,” the notification issued by the interior ministry said. “The decision has been taken in the best interest of the foreign nationals and the information in this regard will also be available at NADRA website. We hope all the people concerned will not face any inconvenience,” the notification added.

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